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John Wood Historical Marker to be dedicated Friday

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Middlesex’s latest historical marker, “Naval Actions on Wilton Creek and the Rappahannock River,” will be dedicated this Friday, October 11, at 11 a.m. on General Puller Hwy. near the entrance to Wilton Creek Rd. in Hartfield.

The speeches will be short and the cannons loud as Knibb’s Battery, led by Jim Cochrane, will fire off several salvos to honor Confederate war hero Colonel John Taylor Wood. On hand will be Raynell Smith and Bob LeBoeuf from the Deltaville Maritime Museum, sponsor of the marker.  

Carlton Revere will represent the Middlesex Board of Supervisors, and Marilyn South the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society. Caroline Warner from the Department of Historic Resources will assist in the dedication.

John Taylor Wood was probably the most famous Confederate to fight in Middlesex County and this marker honors his actions, which ended with the capture of two Union gunboats and three commercial vessels on the Rappahannock River.

The public is cordially invited to attend the dedication and to visit the Deltaville Maritime Museum afterwards to see the exhibit about Wood and to view a reproduction of one of his boarding cutters. 

posted 10.09.2013

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